NYPD officer resigns after breaking into 12South home, using racial slurs against residents

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A New York City police officer who broke into a 12South home and hurled racial slurs at the family inside during the summer of 2018 has resigned from the force.

According to NYPD spokesperson Devora Kaye, Michael Reynolds “was informed on December 30 that he was to report to Police Headquarters for the commencement of his official disciplinary process on January 2,” but instead he quit the department “effective immediately.”

“He will receive no pension or health benefits, nor will he be allowed to carry a firearm,” Kaye added.

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Michael Reynolds (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Reynolds was with two other police officers in Nashville for a bachelor party in July 2018, when Conese Halliburton said he broke into her home, which was near the Airbnb where he and his friends were staying.

Halliburton explained Reynolds yelled racial slurs and threats at her and her children.

“You heard the big boom and that was my door getting kicked in,” Halliburton described to News 2 back in 2018. “My sons were trying to stop him and he’s like, ‘this is my m*****f*****n house, this is my house!’ He kept repeating it.” 

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Conese Halliburton (Photo: WKRN)

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When Reynolds refused to leave, Halliburton said her son threatened him.

“My oldest son said, ‘I will kill you if you don’t get out of my house,’” Halliburton explained.

As Reynolds left, video reportedly captured him threatening to break every bone in Halliburton’s neck and then calling her the n-word. 

Following a conviction last year on charges of assault and criminal trespassing, Reynolds was sentenced to 15 days in jail, which is set to be served later this month. He remained with the NYPD on non-enforcement duties until his resignation. Reynolds is in restricted housing for his own protection and his projected release is January 19th.

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Halliburton’s lawyer, Daniel A. Horwitz, released a statement following Reynolds’ resignation, which reads:

Ms. Halliburton appreciates the outpouring of support on her behalf, and she is relieved that ex-officer Reynolds will never be able to abuse his authority as a law enforcement official ever again.

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